So with the latest disappointment from Moller, I did some poking around to see what other people are doing. I turns out that quite a few folks are working on VTOL, but in a different way! It’s a shame that none of these products, even though some appear to work quite well, seem to make it to market. Especially ‘cause I want one!
Here’s one for motorcycle enthusiasts that’s downright sexy, the Malloy Hoverbike:
This is a rather interesting approach, and being a motorcycle rider, I like it! It’s being developed in Sydney, Australia and has a target price of approximately $45,000 AUD. Projected specs are: Airspeed – 150KIAS, Service ceiling – >10,000 ft, Dry weight – 110kg, Max gross weight – 270kg, Total thrust – 295kg. Development is funded primarily by Chris Malloy himself, with some donations. So, it’s a slow development process as a result. According to their website (no idea when the last update was), it has only been flown tethered, but they say it seems to be very stable.